Ed Whitson (1985–1986)
Whitson became a free agent after he went 14-8 with a 3.24 ERA for the San Diego Padres in 1984. But after signing his five-year, $4.4 million contract – a major investment for the time – Whitson went 1-6 with a 6.23 ERA over his first eleven starts in New York. The fans jeered him mercilessly and hate mail arrived by the bundle as it became clear that Whitson was not one of those guys who could shrug off harsh criticism. Later he would only start games on the road and appear in relief at Yankee Stadium. This didn’t work either. Over less than two seasons, Whitson was 15-10 but had a 5.38 ERA. Years later, Whitson told ESPN of his frustrations with New Yorkers: "It's like working in an office and your boss comes in and says, 'You suck' after you've tried your best," he said. "Now multiply that by 50,000."